Which Shotgun is better for home defense, a 12 Gauge or a 20 Gauge??? (Inside an actual house)

Which Shotgun is better for home defense, a 12 Gauge or a 20 Gauge??? (Inside an actual house)

This video is my 2 cents on the debate of which is better for home defense….. the 20 gauge or the 12 gauge. The results are surprising. If you have a gun video idea for me to do, leave it in the comments.

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  1. Matthew Monteagudo on March 2, 2023 at 2:27 am

    Thank you for this brother it’s always a question if your going to kill your kids in the next room

  2. Jim Bike on March 2, 2023 at 2:27 am

    Does your wife know you’re shooting holes in the walls of her house? Better hide that ammo. LOL

  3. INTJ2 on March 2, 2023 at 2:28 am

    How does this video not have more likes? Awesome video

  4. It’s just Me on March 2, 2023 at 2:29 am

    12 gauge buck shot seems to be best bet , I would be curious to see the mini shells damage , my guess it’s the same

  5. Barry Ward on March 2, 2023 at 2:29 am

    Gotta get a shotgun it’s got a good spread

  6. T.TexasTimmy on March 2, 2023 at 2:31 am

    Does anyone know of a source for 2′ 12GA Buckshot ? … not 2 3/4" …. 2"

  7. Joey Tomato on March 2, 2023 at 2:32 am

    Any- ANY- round that will stop a man, will penetrate a wall. It’s just that simple… If you’re concerned with people inside your home, you should train for that. Or… But ammo specifically made for being "indoor" friendly.

    That said, plain ol 5.56, which most people refuse to use in a home defense situation, actually will do less damage on the other side of sheet rock, because of its velocity, the round will all but disintegrate on impact with the softest of targets. 2200+ feet per second into Gypsum and paper, will turn a 55 grain jacketed bullet into near dust. Lead balls generally will just keep traveling until they meet enough mass to stop them.

    This has been proven many many times over the years, but for some reason, the myth that a shotgun "is better" still seems to be what most people believe. Probably because gran-paw said so. Unfortunately.

    This video proves just how far shot will go thru walls, for anyone who hasn’t seen actual testing.

  8. anton1949 on March 2, 2023 at 2:33 am

    20 and 12 gauge both shoot lead at the same speed, 12 just has a bigger payload. Biggest problem the 20 has is getting self-defense ammo. #3 or 2 buck or slugs. 12 gauge has a bunch more choices.

  9. Chris 1997 on March 2, 2023 at 2:34 am

    Awesome video man! Would love to see more like this!

  10. @PFChangs on March 2, 2023 at 2:36 am

    For home defense I recommend 20-gauge number 6 birdshot no over penetrating!

  11. Sharrice Barnes on March 2, 2023 at 2:37 am

    What’s a number 8..never heard of that

  12. Kristofer Kratzert on March 2, 2023 at 2:39 am

    15 seconds in, I recommend training with a Cricket with snake shot to get that horse fly. Great no recoil birdshot practice, ok I’ll continue the video!

  13. rolin jr on March 2, 2023 at 2:43 am

    one of the better real examples of shotguns, thank you very much

  14. Jason Wolfe on March 2, 2023 at 2:44 am

    Good video demonstration. I have a 20 gauge Winchester for home security. I’m looking to add a Mossberg. I was going to get a 12 but I’ll go with the 20 for home defense. Pick up a 12 gauge to shoot outside.

  15. AJM patriot on March 2, 2023 at 2:45 am

    Great video!

    Just bought an ATI Bulldog 20ga.
    The wife has used it too and is good with it.

    #2 buckshot , 2 3/4

  16. RasAlHaq on March 2, 2023 at 2:47 am

    Good video, but excellent T-shirt! 👌

  17. WheelerStealer on March 2, 2023 at 2:48 am

    Alex have you done one that shows what caliber is the least taxing on your body and ears?

  18. jfricano on March 2, 2023 at 2:48 am

    it’s clear you did not enjoy shooting that 12 gauge. you held your composure well for the camera, but the look on your face speaks volumes

  19. Thom Tremblay on March 2, 2023 at 2:50 am

    I remember reading that #3 Buck from a 20ga had 80% of the impact of OO Buck from a 12ga at 60% recoil. I think 20ga also enables more shots on target. Especially when you would be having to deal with overpressure not wearing hearing protection.

  20. Sharrice Barnes on March 2, 2023 at 2:50 am

    So basically the #8 does the most damage, and some dos go through to the next room but not as much as the initial damage

  21. c h on March 2, 2023 at 2:52 am

    a 12-gauge is good when you expect to be attacked by a family of hungry bears.
    otherwise, a 20 g should suffice

  22. Bobby D on March 2, 2023 at 2:54 am

    I’m glad you did this video because I was debating between a 12 or a 20 gauge shotgun. Thanks to your video I realized I don’t need a 12 gauge. A 20 will do the job. Just want to take care of the Immediate threat, and not what’s in the next room. Awesome job Thanks

  23. Juztinking on March 2, 2023 at 2:54 am

    Thank you for that video. You pointed out some very valuable information for those who want to use a shotgun for home defense. You also showed concrete evidence to prove your point and I agree that the 20 gauge might be a great, if not a better alternative than the 12 gauge in this specific application.

    With that being said, I think the biggest advantage of the 12 gauge is ammo availability, price and diversity. You can buy some home defense shells that are less powerful. They are very comparable to a 20 gauge and since some of them are shorter, you can load more in the tube. With cheaper shells, it allows you to practice more and buy ammo for every applications you need.

    I will stick with my 12 gauge, but that video proved me that a single tool that does everything might not have the edge in any category.

  24. Tim Ost on March 2, 2023 at 2:57 am

    Should have done a test on the 12 gauge mossberg shock wave with the 20 gauge

  25. Russell on March 2, 2023 at 2:58 am

    It’s 2 different barrels

  26. Adam Ricard on March 2, 2023 at 2:58 am

    Contrary to what you think, this 100% is a scientific experiment my man. And that’s a good thing!

  27. Barry Baldwin on March 2, 2023 at 2:58 am

    Thanks for that "real world" test.

  28. Dylan Stone on March 2, 2023 at 2:59 am


  29. Angelo Webb on March 2, 2023 at 3:02 am

    Great video very helpful and practical.

  30. Catch The Wind 85 on March 2, 2023 at 3:02 am

    You do have to understand though, that these results are without going through a person. They are only for instances of when you miss. This would have been better, if he had ballistic gel dummies in front of the wall. Other than that, this is still a great video though.

  31. Shadow Colossus on March 2, 2023 at 3:02 am

    These is super old but wow what a chill dude

  32. Daniel Padgett on March 2, 2023 at 3:03 am

    Which one is better for home defense Which ever one you have at time. The bad guy not gonna ask Which one do you have pointed at him.

  33. Kanoho on March 2, 2023 at 3:04 am

    This is an absolutely amazing video. The most realistic and highly informative approach to home defense using a shotgun

  34. RJ on March 2, 2023 at 3:06 am

    Not buying the Harvard Wrestling T Shirt

  35. New Shaman on March 2, 2023 at 3:06 am

    I shot a 410 and a 20 gauge inside. Lots of .22s not for any reason.. just had a crappy old trailer and having fun.

  36. stopatredlights on March 2, 2023 at 3:07 am

    ARE THOSE CEILINGS FOUR FEET TALL.? This a house for midgets?

  37. Kevin Bietry on March 2, 2023 at 3:07 am

    16-gauge cut shell is best

  38. Charles Brown on March 2, 2023 at 3:08 am

    Now these are the kind of videos people need to see. Hands on , the real deal.. I appreciate your time Sir, for getting this information to the people. Thank you , hope to see more from you. Blessings to you and yours, stay safe and enjoy each day the Lord allows .🇺🇸 Oh yeah, I have to say this, That 12ga had a bit of kick … I’m about your size , and my 12 beats me to no end. 👍 LoL.. Great video, thanks again.

  39. Catch The Wind 85 on March 2, 2023 at 3:08 am

    Great video!

  40. HonorB 4Glory on March 2, 2023 at 3:09 am

    16 gauge Browning Auto 5 😅

  41. Paul Kersey on March 2, 2023 at 3:13 am

    The idea this man is doing this in an actual house, for someone like me who lives in an apartment, I’m going with a 20 ga. Thank you sir
    Show this man some more respect on this channel.

  42. Data Is Amazing on March 2, 2023 at 3:16 am

    Lots of people in the comments saying they switched from 12 to 20 to avoid overpenetration. Seems you could get the same effect by just switching your 12 gauge shells to more of a bird shot. Up close, it would be very effective, but not even go through a wall depending on the number chosen.

  43. ROMEO ERIC on March 2, 2023 at 3:17 am

    Great content, realistic.

  44. Jolo Sarmiento on March 2, 2023 at 3:17 am

    Would have been better if you had used the same barrel length and model of the shotgun. If you really want to see the difference between 12 and 20 ga you have to keep all other variables constant.

  45. DocBrewskie on March 2, 2023 at 3:17 am

    i have a few both 20 and 12. i also have a 410 i trained my daughter with. i figure she has a better chance with the 410 than the 12 or even 20.

  46. Elizabeth Marcum on March 2, 2023 at 3:21 am

    My buddy mentioned hollow points today over full metal jackets. To prevent houses or people in close proximity from getting hit with stray bullets.

  47. EDGAR D RODRIGUEZ on March 2, 2023 at 3:21 am

    What shotgun is that?

  48. Carlos Mercado on March 2, 2023 at 3:23 am

    it did change my mine im buying a 20 gage is better for self defense inside the house thank you and for bonus love the opota writing test

  49. Alec Quinn on March 2, 2023 at 3:24 am

    Thank you for the video, it helped me decide that the 20 is best for minimizing collateral

  50. Receiving on March 2, 2023 at 3:25 am

    It really depends. Do you want them to leave on a gurney or in a body bag

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